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Best apps for making cinemagraphs on your iPhone or iPad

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Best apps for making cinemagraphs on your iPhone or iPad

Make cinemagraph masterpieces on your iPhone or iPad with the help of these awesome apps!

Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a video clip.

If you're someone who's a big fan of cinemagraphs but has no idea how to make them, never fear – it's totally not as complicated as you think it is!

There are a couple of apps out there that do a really good, efficient job of making cinemagraph composition easy and straightforward. Here are a couple that you should definitely check out and play around with!


MaskArt is one of the easiest apps to use to create and edit your cinemagraphs! All you need is an awesome video with something to isolate (I'd recommend a Boomerang to practice with), a little bit of patience (and outlining and erasing), and voilá – you have the perfect cinemagraph!

The app is really straightforward to use, and after you have your video uploaded, MaskArt traces the path of the most movement in the video, so you can make out which shapes are best to isolate and which shapes are best to keep in motion.

If you accidentally outline or select something you didn't mean to, you can effortlessly go back and erase your mistakes so that your final image is sharp and clean-looking. Once you're done, you can choose to save it as a video, a GIF, or a Live Photo. How cool is that?!

The best part about MaskArt? The price! It's totally free, and you don't have to worry about a dozen pesky ads bugging the heck out of you as you create your cinemagraph masterpieces.

PICOO Camera

If you're looking to shoot and filter stylish cinemagraphs on the go at a party, at work, or just hanging out with the family, then take a peek at PICOO Camera for all your iPhone cinemagraph needs!

Set up to act like a social media hub of sorts for cinemagraphs, PICOO Camera is a super creative, relatively straight-forward way of capturing cinemagraphs – and notice how I said "capturing" (and earlier, "filter") and not the word "editing", because you cannot pull videos from your camera roll into PICOO Camera to edit; you have to capture them all in the moment.

After you open the PICOO Camera camera, you're given the option of a rectangular, circular, or custom-shaped cinemagraph frame. Once you tweak and move the shape around on screen, you capture your subject for as long as possible, making sure you try your best to stay within the cinemagraph parameters.

Once you're happy with your cinemagraph, you can add on a stylish filter like you would in Instagram and save the final product to your phone. You can even post it to the explore page if you want other people to see it!

Another great thing about PICOO Camera is the price – it's totally free, and if you're not shooting, you can spend quite a bit of time scrolling through all the super cool, creative cinemagraphs other people have put together with the app.

How do you cinemagraph?

Is there an app or a program that you use to make flawless cinemagraphs? Let us know what it is in the comments down below and we'll be sure to check it out!


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